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TOURISM Boeing takes tourism to the stars


The general public may one day get the chance to grab a spot on Boeing’s planned space taxi, which is being developed to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing Commercial Crew


Programme Manager John Mulholland has said that there is a planned seat for paying tourists on-board its proposed craft, with the company recently winning a £2.4bn, fi ve-year contract with NASA to develop the vehicle. T e project could see Boeing take those


T e craſt will be taking astronauts to the International Space Station


who have used Virginia-based space travel broker Space Adventures, which is due to prepare British singer Sarah Brightman for a 10-day visit to the station on a diff erent craſt – reported to cost a total of £31m. “Part of our proposal into NASA would be


fl ying a Space Adventures spacefl ight partici- pant up to the ISS,” Mulholland told Reuters. “We hope… to start working with the ISS


programme to make it happen. We think it would be important to help spur this industry.” Boeing’s fi rst test launch of the taxi is not


expected until 2017, with another contract also being handed out to California-based


company SpaceX in order to design, build, test their spaceship and produce six missions to fl y astronauts to the station. SpaceX is already planning to off er tourist


trips to consumers in the future, though it is not currently known whether it will off er these spots on its NASA-contracted trips. As wider space travel becomes more


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probable, a number of diff erent bodies and organisations have looked into developing aspects of space tourism. Earlier this year, the UK government backed plans for a four-fold expansion of the UK space industry, with the potential for an operational British spaceport within fi ve years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=P3A2P


M Y CM MY CY CMY K Tourism in spotlight at Tory conference


T e growth potential of the UK tour- ism industry came under the spotlight during a seminar at the recent Conservative Party Conference, which was held in Birmingham. Last year was a record for inbound


UK tourism with 33 million people visiting and spending £21bn in the UK economy during 2013. T e fi rst six months of 2014 have also been strong for the industry with ONS figures showing visitor numbers to the UK are up a further seven per cent so far this year, suggesting further increases in tourism-related employment. T e recent seminar – entitled ‘New


T e conference was held at the ICC Birmingham


Champions: Unlocking the skills and growth potential of unexploited sectors in the UK economy’, was hosted by Travelodge and fea- tured a high profi le panel of speakers. T ese included: Travelodge chief executive Peter Gowers; Nick Boles MP, minister of state for skills and equalities; Ufi Ibrahim, chief exec- utive, British Hospitality Association; Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economic advisor to the


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mayor of London; and Baroness Neville-Rolfe, under secretary of state for business, innova- tion and skills. T e panel discussed the need to raise the profi le of UK tourism amongst policy makers and the need for government to unleash the growth potential of the indus- try. It also looked at how policy can help skills shortages and youth unemployment. Details: http://lei.sr?a=S9h7y


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